In the new New York Times/CBS News poll -- the last to appear before Tuesday's election -- more respondents said that the threat of terrorism would increase if the Republicans retain control of Congress than said that the threat would increase if the Democrats take control. A majority said control of Congress won't change the terrorist threat much either way.
Another cause for concern for the GOP: By a margin of 50-43 percent, Americans say they want to bring some or all of the U.S. troops home from Iraq now. Eighty-one percent believe Democrats will move to decrease U.S. troop levels in Iraq; only 24 percent believe the Republicans will.
Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.